Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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Apr
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Last Updated: April 22nd, 2014

Not everyone likes big phones, of that there is no question. Those who do, however, usually love them. Among those who fancy said behemoth handsets, the almost-a-tablet-but-still-also-a-phone nature of the "phablet" is likely what is most appealing; especially for those who don't already own one of each. Of course, there aren't a whole lot of options outside of the Galaxy Mega, Sony's Z Ultra, or the Galaxy Note 3 (which, arguably, doesn't even fall into the same category any longer).

17
Apr
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If you've already splurged and bought a FireTV, you've probably noticed one pretty annoying thing: the much-touted voice search feature only shows Amazon content. That makes it far less helpful than it could be. Thankfully, Amazon realizes this and announced today that it will be working with Hulu, Crackle, and Showtime to bring voice search features to their respective apps. That's fantastic news.

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For those who may not be familiar with FireTV's voice search option, it's pretty simple: hit the mic button and speak into the remote.

17
Apr
1

If you have anything from Belkin's WeMo line, there's a chance you may be less-than-pleased with the app – it is pretty basic, after all. Today's update, however, brings some much-needed usefulness to the table, like better integration with IFTTT, and a home security enhancement. 

What's New

  • Greater flexibility when scheduling events related to sunrise and sunset.
  • New Rule: Away Mode makes it look you’re home even when you’re not.
  • New IFTTT trigger: long-press the Light Switch to trigger customizable IFTTT recipes without turning on the light.

17
Apr
1

So we all know that Project Tango is cool – programing a mobile device to be aware of its own surroundings just as people are can be potentially beneficial in many ways. NASA has clearly seen something in the in Tango as well, as the company has been working with Google since last year to utilize the project with its own robotic platform called SPHERES. In a nutshell, it wants to incorporate Tango into autonomous, space-aware robots that will take some of the load off of astronauts on the International Space Station by doing some of the work for them.

15
Apr

Many moons ago, Google added G+ photo backups, a feature that not only keeps pictures backed up with users' Google accounts for safe-keeping, but also allows for quick and easy sharing on Google's social network. Today, the company is offering similarly simplistic sharing of photos with Gmail in the web browser.

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As of today, the Gmail web app's "insert photo" button within the compose window's action bar will have access to the photos that are automatically backed up via the Google+ app on smartphones and tablets.

14
Apr
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Last Updated: April 21st, 2014

There's no doubt that Chromecast is cool. You know what else is cool? Casting stuff from your phone or tablet to AppleTV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WDTV, a SmartTV, or other DLNA-certified devices. And that's exactly what Koush's AllCast app does – makes streaming locally-stored and some cloud-stored (Dropbox, Drive, G+, or even a server) media simple and easy.

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Along with beta support for streaming from Google Drive and to FireTV, Koush also recently added another new feature to AllCast: redemption codes to enable premium features.

10
Apr
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It's becoming more common for manufacturers to put their proprietary applications in the Play Store for easy updating, a trend essentially started by Motorola. HTC recently followed suit by adding several of its apps – including Sense TV, Gallery, and BlinkFeed – to the Store.

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Apr
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When Google released Newsstand, it married content from Currents and Magazines. This brought stories from around the web, along with paid magazine and newspaper subscriptions to one place. The problem, however, is that paid content isn't yet available 'round the world.

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Today marks the arrival of paid content to the Newstand app in Italy, making it the fifth country to get support for the service. Both the application and Newsstand homepage appear to have been updated for Italian users, and there's also a promotional page to help users find new content to purchase.

08
Apr
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Earlier this year, Telltale Games released The Walking Dead: Season One in the Amazon Appstore, but gave it exclusive availability on the Kindle Fire. If you've been waiting (as I have) for this one to finally make its way to other Android devices, today's the day – it's now available in Google Play. No, that rhyme wasn't intentional. I promise.

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Anyway, for those who may not be familiar with Telltale's rendition of The Walking Dead universe, this is a point-and-click adventure game based on the comic book.

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Apr
1
Last Updated: April 17th, 2014

There comes a time in every mobile user's life when a new phone that he or she simply must have hits the scene. The problem is, that scenario probably hits on a yearly basis (at the very least), and contracts are generally for a two-year term; that leaves no option but paying full-price for the new handset.

To help offset some of the cost of the new device, the most logical option is to sell the old one.

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